Summer 2013 Newsletter
In this issue: climate change, IED use by domestic terrorists, QHSR
Climate Change and Homeland Security
Higher temperatures, widespread droughts, an increase of severe storm events- these weather based changes impact homeland security in many ways including resource allocation, response planning, energy, infrastructure and transportation protection and emergency management.
- U.S. Energy Sector Vulnerabilities to Climate Change and Extreme Weather
- There’s a Pattern Here: The Case to Integrate Environmental Security into Homeland Security Strategy
- Rising Cost of Wildfire Protection
- Climate Risk Information 2013: Observations, Climate Change Projections, and Maps
- Disastrous Spending: Federal Disaster-Relief Expenditures Rise Amid More Extreme Weather
- Adjustments of US Energy Policy on Climate Change: Trends at the Federal and State Level
- Addressing Coastal Vulnerabiliities Through Comprehensive Planning: How RAND Supported the Development of Louisiana’s Comprehensive Master Plan
- HSDL Featured Topic on Climate Change
Use of IEDs by Domestic Terrorists
As seen in Boston and New York City, improvised explosive devices, or IEDs, have moved from military combat arenas to the sidewalks of U.S. cities. This selection of HSDL articles touches on defending against this threat as well as response during and after an IED incident.
- Countering Improvised Explosive Devices
- What Should We Learn From Boston?
- Boston Marathon Bombings: Medical Response Activities at the Incident Site
- Bomb Threat? An App for that, too
- 2007 London and 2010 Times Square Car Bomb Plots
- Lessons Learned from the Boston Marathon Bombings: Preparing For and Responding to the Attack, Hearing Before the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, United States Senate, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, First Session, July 10, 2013
Quadrennial Homeland Security Review Community of Practice
DHS has launched its second Quadrennial Homeland Security Review (QHSR). Fulfillment of this legislative directive is required every four years, and DHS wants to engage the homeland defense and security community to formulate dynamic, risk-based approaches to homeland security challenges. They plan to connect with state, local, tribal, and territorial governments, the private sector, and non-government entities by hosting an online community where stakeholders may offer their views, comments and ideas. “There is an enterprise that goes far beyond the halls of DHS that is engaged in assuring the security of the homeland of the United States. For that reason, it’s vitally important for the Department to engage with that broader community of stakeholders in conducting a review of this type ,” said DHS Office of Policy Assistant Secretary for Strategy, Planning, Analysis and Risk (SPAR) Alan Cohn in an interview. Go here to learn more and register to participate.
Homeland Security Commemorations and Anniversaries
Summer marks the anniversary of several homeland security events. Featured here are select incidents accompanied by pertinent HSDL articles.
- 05/22/2011 Joplin, Missouri hit by EF-5 Tornado
- 07/22/2004 “9/11 Commission Report: Final Report of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States” is released
- 07/16/2002 White House released first National Strategy for Homeland Security
- 08/14/2003 Widespread blackout on U.S. Northeast coast & Canada
- 08/29/2005 Hurricane Katrina hit Gulf Coast (full dates span August 23 – 30)
- 09/09/2010 San Bruno, California gas pipeline explosion
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